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Fish Consumption 101
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Thursday, 19 February 2015 19:03
Everywhere, February 2015—Generally speaking, eating fish 2-3 times a week is a healthy move. But there are certain guidelines that are good to know and follow knowing when to avoid fish adversely affected by pollution.

Between mercury poisoning, overfishing and the environmental impacts of fish farms or “aquaculture,” some might expect to see a “Proceed with Caution” sign above seafood counters soon. Others contend that fish and shellfish are an important part of a healthy diet, providing high-quality protein and omega-3 fatty acids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends eating up to 12 ounces of fish and shellfish per week, but only if they are “low in mercury.
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Keeping Track
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Friday, 23 January 2015 17:51
Las Vegas, Nevada, January 2015—Withings, a leader in the connected health revolution, revealed at the recent Consumer Electronics Show the new face of activity tracking. The company announced Activité Pop, an analog watch with a sophisticated activity and sleep tracker inside. Following on the heels of the Withings Activité watch, Activité Pop is making waves in the space of wearable health trackers. It’s making the convergence of fashion and mobile technology accessible to everyone.

The company has paired Activité’s elegant Parisian design with fun-to-wear materials and pop colors in order to create a very personal device that people will hopefully want to wear and never take off.

Activité Pop adds to a new category of motion trackers where sophisticated sensors and connectivity technology are seamlessly integrated into a timeless fashion accessory. It features a lightweight and fun-to-wear design that extends across the watchcase and smooth silicone strap. In order to match and express personal style, the watch comes in 3 distinctive “pop chic” colors and a set of soon-to-come playful wristbands.
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Blueberries for Breakfast (And Lunch? And Dinner?)
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Friday, 23 January 2015 16:57
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2015—With hypertension affecting nearly 80 million people in the United States and cardiovascular disease the leading cause of death, any intervention that can lower blood pressure has the potential to save lives. In a study in the current issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Florida State University researchers found that daily consumption of blueberries for eight weeks resulted in significant reductions of both systolic and diastolic blood pressure.

Although the prevalence of hypertension is associated with aging in both sexes, the increased incidence of high blood pressure, particularly systolic blood pressure, in women after menopause exceeds that of men.
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‘Shrooms Anyone?
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Friday, 23 January 2015 16:40
San Diego, California, January 2015—Have you ever stopped to compare mushrooms to kale, quinoa, or berries? Mushrooms have remained “under the radar” in the Western world, while Asian cultures have for years revered their many health benefits. San Diego-based Mushroom Matrix has launched a pioneering line of medicinal mushroom powders designed to promote health, wellness, and longevity.

For thousands of years in Eastern cultures, mushrooms have been recognized for their ability to optimize immune health. They can play an important role in a vast array of health conditions. Mushroom Matrix founder and CEO Sandra Carter, M.A., MPH, Ph.D., was introduced to mycologist (person who studies fungi) Steve Farrar when she began to research mushroom activity and wanted to increase awareness in Western cultures.
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Thirsty for Something Different?
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Sunday, 23 November 2014 18:37
Everywhere, USA, November 2014—When you think of Thanksgiving, good food and good liquid stuff to wash it down with automatically comes to the fore. And with this being T-Giving time again, we decided to make it possible for you to read more about a new line of teas, called TK Hibiscus.

TKH is an all-natural hibiscus iced tea that is freshly blended, fresh brewed and refreshingly good for you (at least that’s what they tell us). Available in four flavors (see below), TK Hibiscus is USDA organic, gluten-free, and kosher. At just 40 little calories in a 16-ounce serving, the creators of this product promise us that our thirst will be quickly satiated by its bold, fruit-forward taste and fragrant floral notes, with a refreshing bite.
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The Skinny on Fat
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Friday, 23 January 2015 17:43
Everywhere, U.S.A., January 2015—there’s been a lot of press lately suggesting that fat wasn't so bad for us after all? Here’s an update of the skinny on fat.

Going “fat-free” might seem like a good way to lose weight, considering that fat contains nine calories per gram, compared to four per gram in carbohydrates and proteins. But if you consider that approximately 60 percent of human brain matter consists of fats, eating reduced fat or fat-free foods no longer seems as appealing for our health. This is especially true since these foods also tend to be high in sugar and refined carbohydrates.
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Putting Soy Back in the Spotlight
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Friday, 23 January 2015 16:48
Back when those running the show realized that obesity in general and childhood obesity in particular had reached epidemic proportions, the advent of soy foods and soy-enhanced foods became all the rage—as they should have.

Then things cooled off a little. First, soy manufactured for human consumption consumes a tiny sliver of the soy production pie in this country. And farmer/growers shifted their focus to biodiesel, which has still to make a significant mark.

Then inaccurate and negative publicity hit the streets regarding soy, and except for the diehards and staples like tofu, the romance with soyfoods faded. The obesity epidemic, however, remains with us and is worse than ever. 
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15 Months Later …
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Wednesday, 17 December 2014 21:23
Everywhere, USA, December 2014—Back in September 2013, your editors took a step to further maximize our health as we age. A client introduced us to a new product, but it was because of research we had done about three years previous that convinced us to give it a try.

At the center of this story is a stunted little plant/tree called the Moringa. It grows primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa and has been around since Biblical times. We had written an article about it in 2008, and found while doing our research, that this plant had been dubbed as “the single most nutritious botanical in the known world” by one of the honchos at the National Institutes of Health (NIH.)

But there was a problem with getting people in the more developed parts of the world interested. No one had figured up to that time of how to take the powder-like substance that comes from grinding up the leaves and bark of this tree and making palatable, through formulation, for western tastes. A few years back, they managed to do it. 
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Patches of Pink
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Tuesday, 21 October 2014 21:40
Columbia, Missouri, October 2014—As most of our readers will know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. And a few years ago, in our neck of the woods, a young business professional came upon a wonderful and creative new idea to promote breast cancer awareness: Pink Pumpkins.

While most people pick their way through patches of orange pumpkins to adorn their front porches, Alisha Moreland stands amidst patches of pink in an effort to do her part to raise breast cancer awareness and encourage women to schedule annual mammograms.

Since 2007, Moreland has held “Alisha’s Pink Pumpkin Painting Parties” during the month. At these parties, she invites participants (people of all ages) — to paint pumpkins. They have four colors from which to work: black represents cancer, white is purity from cancer, pink for awareness, and silver represents hope. These “Pink Painting Warriors,” using small to medium sized pumpkins as their canvas, paint away, adding other decorations such as feathers, flowers, and rhinestones, and attach a message that reads, “Encourage a woman you care about to get her mammogram, or schedule yours today.”
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